Now how the hell can something part of regulation can be damn copyrighted.
If the government has any law, regulation, legislation that affects what we
can and can not do it should be accessible by all means and free !!!
Because the National Fire Protection Association wrote it, and they therefore
own the copyright. It is up to individual states or municipalities to decide
whether to adopt the Code as law, or not, as they see fit. The NFPA has no
law-making or enforcement power.
And it normally is, in those jurisdictions where it has been adopted as law.
Government has nothing to do w/ NEC...it's a trade association standard,
privately financed. Didn't you read the other response(s)???
Regarding your other contention, I don't think there are any actual laws
that aren't available. There undoubtedly are specific implementation
regulations that for obvious reasons aren't disseminated to all. This
is nothing new (commercial nuclear power plants, for example, have had
security plans that are strictly confidential for years, far predating
Nothing to do with implementation. See Gilmore vs Ashcroft.
In short, the goverment and airlines claim that federal regulations
require the showing of ID before boarding a US domestic flight, however
they *refuse* to say which law or regulatation actually says that, and
no such law or regulation has been published.
Even if it is on the Web, it is (so some say) written in such a way that
the authors can get away with charging big buck$$$$ for seminars to
teach people what it all means.
On 11/17/04 07:15 pm snipped-for-privacy@UNLISTED.com put fingers to keyboard and
launched the following message into cyberspace:
Most of the people in these seminars are required by law to put in a certain
number of hours in class every year as part of their licensing requirements.
These days you can get the same thing in professional chat groups but you won't
get the certified CEU hours.
On Wed, 17 Nov 2004 18:15:57 -0600, snipped-for-privacy@UNLISTED.com wrote:
Yes. Not for free though.
Also, you won't understand it, and you'll apply the wrong sections.
Check instead with your local code officials for what applies to your
project, and get a basic wiring handbook.
The code check series of books reduces the code down to understandable
pieces, intended as a quick lookup for the trades. Available for
electrical, hvac, plumbing, building.
IMHO well worth the $$. http://www.codecheck.com/ and of course, amazon.
I'll agree with other posters, the actual code book is more like
legalese, and will drive you nuts if you try to make sense of it.
I think there are some people who think copyright law should be more in line
with patent law.
It is absurd that the guy who invents a car that runs on sea water will lose
his patent protection in less than 2 decades but the guy who writes the
owner''s manual is protected for almost a century.
Copyright protection doesn't really limit people the way patent
protection does, though. If you invent a new way to turn grass into
building panels, nobody else is allowed to do that, If you write
a story about a boy who meets a girl, and they hate each other,
and therefore fall in love, anyone else can write another story
on the same theme. So patents protect a much bigger
chunk of intellectual space, but for a shorter time period.
Obviously you are not an inventor. In your example the person is protected from
someone using exactly the same method of turning grass into building panels but
if someone makes a minor change in the process they can patent it as the new
and improved grass panel.
It is much like your novel.
Again the basic idea is not protected, only the particular details of the
process to realize the idea.
It is also a lot harder to actually get a patent. That is why so many things
are marked "patent pending". If you actually waited until you got the patent
before you bring the product to market someone will knock you off and saturate
the market before you can stop them.
If you look at the history of great inventions it is never the guy who came up
with the idea who got rich, just the guy who got it to market first.
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